Things to avoid

The following errors are ones that can turn an otherwise great application into an ordinary one.

  1. Unprofessional formatting and presentation. Ensure you familiarise yourself with the guidelines and use the correct font, font size, border width and amount of columns. 
  2. Gaps and/or anomalies.  Your application needs to demonstrated sustained excellence over a period of time spanning at least three years.
  3. Waffle. Remember, less is more. One great example will have greater impact than three ordinary examples. Avoid lengthy descriptions that have no impact or "punch" to them.
  4. Technical, discipline-specific jargon. The assessors won't necessarily have prior knowledge of your discipline, so keep it simple.
  5. Neglecting certain criteria, or alternatively, neglecting any components of an individual criterion. In order to be a successful award recipient, it is imperative that every criterion is fully addressed.
  6. Failing to provide sufficient details of your teaching and program - remember, the assessors have no prior knowledge of you when reading your application, so you need to take them on a "journey" from scratch.
  7. Going over the prescribed page amount. The assessors will not read beyond the set page limit.
  8. Not getting someone to proof-read your application. Everyone makes mistakes and it usually takes a fresh set of eyes to pick them up!
  9. Using too many student quotes. Try to use a selection of different evidence types rather than going overboard on student testimonials.
  10. Getting carried away with talking about your methods and practices and failing to comment and provide evidence on how your teaching has improved student learning incomes. It is very important that the two are linked, right throughout your application.
  11. Not using enough evidence. Augment your written statement with evidence to ensure all your claims are backed up by evidence.
  12. While a professional presentation that adheres to the guidelines is important, do not waste time making your application look as glossy and glitzy as possible - the content is far more important than the aesthetic appeal and an attractive appearance won't make up for ordinary content.